Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is a county in the East Midlands of England and is home to some attractive areas including Wellingborough with its lovely old buildings, Rushden with its many parks and lakes or Corby with its fantastic new-builds with modern amenities. The University of Northampton has an excellent reputation for teaching while there are top schools available all over Northamptonshire providing high-quality education for children aged 3–18 years old.

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Best places to live in Northamptonshire

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Where is Northamptonshire?

Northamptonshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. It borders Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and Rutland to the north, Bedfordshire to the west, Buckinghamshire to the south-west and Hertfordshire and Essex to the east. It has a population of approximately 868,000 people and covers an area of 2,074 square kilometres. The largest city in Northamptonshire is Northampton.

Areas in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire is a county made up of several areas. Northampton, Corby and Kettering are the largest towns in this region which includes Daventry, Wellingborough and Rushden. There are also many smaller communities including Finedon, Irchester, Weldon and Little Houghton.

Some of the more popular areas for prospective homeowners include:

Northampton – This town is the largest in Northamptonshire and offers a great range of amenities including schools, shops and restaurants. It has a population of over 210,000 people.

Kettering – This town is located close to Northampton and has a population of around 78,000 people. It offers plenty of local amenities as well as good transport links.

Church in Northamptonshire

Corby – Another popular town in Northamptonshire is Corby which has a population of around 60,000 people and offers many amenities including schools, shops and restaurants. It also has easy access to the A43 road network.

Wellingborough This town is also located in Northamptonshire and has a population of around 53,000 people. It offers great transport links to the surrounding areas including London.

Daventry – This town is located close to Northampton and has a population of around 34,000 people. Daventry offers many shops and amenities as well as good transport links including the M45 motorway.

Rushden – This town is located within Northamptonshire and has a population of around 32,000 people. It offers great transport links to the surrounding areas including London as well as shops and amenities.

Wollaston – This small village in the East of Northamptonshire has a population of only around 2000 people but it does offer great links with Birmingham City Centre and the surrounding areas.

Universities in Northamptonshire

Northampton is home to the University of Northampton, a well-established university with a long history. The University of Northampton offers a wide range of courses across many faculties and has been praised for its teaching quality.

Top Schools in Northamptonshire

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There are a number of excellent schools located in Northamptonshire, including the following:

Queens’ School – a girls’ school located in Northampton which is rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and has been ranked as the top-performing school in Northamptonshire.

St Andrew’s Roman Catholic High School – a mixed secondary school located close to Kettering which has been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted and is one of the highest achieving schools in Northamptonshire when it comes to GCSE results.

The King’s School – an all boys’ school also located in Northampton which is rated as ‘good with outstanding features’ by Ofsted and has been ranked as the top-performing school in Northamptonshire for A level results.

Magdalene College – a co-educational sixth form located in Oundle which is one of the highest achieving schools in Northamptonshire when it comes to GCSE, AS and A levels.

Population of Northamptonshire

The population of Northamptonshire is just over 630,000, mostly located in the south of the county.

 

Reviews in Northamptonshire

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A lIVING HELL !

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Review Date Sep 2022

The good aspect is you can drive away and leave, the local area isn’t so bad, or a lot to offer though.
The Bad aspect is you can’t have windows open as house fills instantly with builders dust as you are quite literally in the heart of a building site. Constant noise from machinery, alarms and their radios. Roads constantly blocked, builders using your drives for parking and dropping cigarette butts and waiste in car ports and sleeping in their cars on your driveway.

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Terribly designed, can’t open bedroom doors if you put a bed in the room of the master suit (the bed only fits in the room one way). Radiators in living room , kitchen and third bedroom in worst place preventing from furniture going in the rooms comfortably. Kitchen dinner is too small for dining suit, kitchen is tiny. Persimmons agreed that the kitchen was unfit for purpose, taken 5 months for them to fit new kitchen and 6 weeks on they’ve still not finished it, the replacement kitchen is terrible. To get anything done, repaired, put right is a fight, they either don’t reply to emails or book people to come without checking when your available first! Been to professional kitchen companies who’ve all advised me the kitchen dimensions are not suitable to put in standard units, so on a new house to put right is a nightmare. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND you to avoid Persimmons. Nothing is simple here, NO-ONE replies to you, they’re complaints process doesn’t even get replied to you. PERSIMMONS! THE COMPANY THAT JUST DO NOT CARE!

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Just how bad the after sales is, no quality in anything. How filthy the house would be when handed over. Prime example I reported a sparking socket in the kitchen 5 weeks ago… still no one has been to look at the hazzard. Oh and paint was on everything, they gave me wipes to clean it off everything myself.

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Takes 7 to 10 days to get replies, if you get a reply at all. Directors, management no one replies. Popped into sales office asking what to do to get someone reply, got a phone call 30 min later demanding I do not go in to sales office again.

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Friendly, country feel community

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Review Date Aug 2022

Quiet area but friendly community in the day time, lots of restaurants and greenery. Lots of coffee shops and bars. Cute charity shops.

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Various designs of houses which mixes it up and some green areas which makes it not look too ‘boxy.’ People really make an effort in their gardens and for seasonal events. I feel safe here. Facilities will be improved when a few shops are built.

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How the bins work! How helpful the builders are.

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Always resolved any issues. Really helpful with shifting stuff into skips for us. Always friendly.

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Social area, everyone looks out for each other, green for a new housing estate

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Review Date Aug 2022

Lovely restaurants and welcoming bars, nice area, everyone looks out for each other.

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Lovely mix of different style houses. Houses are made so there’s as much living space as possible. Builders were always really helpful. The ladies at the office couldn’t do enough for us. Would buy a property again.

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Make sense of the bin days/how it’s done before moving in

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They have resolved all issues and turned up when they were supposed to.

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We are overall pleased we bought a property on the estate.

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Review Date Aug 2022

Love the local area, everyone is very friendly. I like that the shops are close by with facilities in the town for all the family. There isn’t a shop on the estate yet but I know it is planned, that will be really useful. Parking is interesting to say the least on the estate. The roads are quite tight so when people choose to park on the road you do have to do some navigating. I do wish it was in-forced that people couldn’t park at junctions.

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We are overall pleased we bought a property on the estate. We are lucky to have some great neighbours. The house is spacious for price we paid in the area. There were snags most of them have been sorted. Some have been quite a challenge to get the builders to fix. But we are really happy here and would recommend people buying on the estate.

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Pay for a professional snagger. They will pay for themselves, they will notice the issues you do not see and then only notice when they become a problem (usually then out of warranty)

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Yes but can sometime take a while. This is frustrating but appreciate they have to escalate. This is why I suggested above that I feel they should be a little more proactive with just fixing issues rather than make the approval to fix things such a long process. Would improve the customer experience

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